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March 2013

Pastors agree - program on confession was successful

"The Light is On," the archdiocesan program to encourage use of the sacrament of reconciliation during this Lenten season, has been a success, four archdiocesan pastors told the Catholic Voice. Despite a Feb. 21 winter storm that limited attendance in many areas, the pastors agree the overall response to the program - offering confessions for 90 minutes five Thursday evenings - has been positive.

Family comes together at weekly Bible study

Not only are three Omaha-area women and their father growing in faith through a Bible study, they also are deepening relationships with each other.

And they credit their late wife and mother, Patricia Marie Prem - and the Holy Spirit - for bringing them together to enjoy the music, testimony, small group discussions, lecture and artwork that make up the weekly Seeking Truth Catholic Bible study at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.

Donations continue to Annual Appeal

It's been more than six weeks since the Archbishop's Annual Appeal topped its $3.15 million goal, but the donations continue to come in.

The appeal now totals $3.44 million, about $290,000 above the goal, and contributions continue to be gratefully accepted, an official overseeing the drive said.

"The need never stops in our community," said Kaitlyn Maloney, stewardship and development coordinator for the archdiocese. "The appeal enables us to help as many people as we can."

Archbishop Lucas celebrates Holy Week liturgies at cathedral

From commemorating Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his passion, death and resurrection at Easter, the Christian faithful are celebrating the most solemn and celebratory week of the church year.

And Archbishop George J. Lucas is the main celebrant for several Holy Week Masses at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha - the mother church of the archdiocese.

Statue of Jesus finds home at Gretna shrine

A life-size statue of Jesus originally planned for the personal garden of an Omaha couple is now at home at the Holy Family Shrine near Gretna.

Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss will dedicate the statue March 28 during a 2:30 p.m. ceremony open to the public. A light reception will follow.

The bronze figurine, created by sculptor Carl Weiss, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, is Jesus kneeling and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Official Schedule March 23-April 4

Official schedule Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

March 23
» Confirmation, St. Wenceslaus Parish, Dodge, Ss. Peter and Paul and St. John parishes, Howells, Sacred Heart Parish, Olean, St. Leo Parish, Snyder, and Holy Trinity Parish, Heun, at Dodge.

March 24
» Palm Sunday Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.
» Legion of Mary Acies, St. Thomas More Church, Omaha.
» Creighton Catholic students gathering, St. John Church, Omaha.

March 25
» Chrism Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

New Holy Father helps shepherd the church through these solemn days of Holy Week

As the season of Lent draws to a close, we enter with joy and hope into the holiest days of the year. As we celebrate the liturgies of Palm Sunday, the sacred triduum and Easter, we will be reminded of God's love for us sinners displayed so powerfully in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.

More than simply being reminded, our own participation in this paschal mystery will be renewed. We recall the dying and rising of our own baptism, and we claim our place in the mystical body of Christ, the church, where we taste already the glory of the life to come.

DANEFF-Mary (Pavich)

DANEFF-Mary (Pavich), 89. Funeral Mass March 21 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Guy and Josephine Pavich; brothers; sisters. Survived by husband, Joseph B. Daneff Sr.; sister-in-law, Mary Perina; children and spouses, Karen and Dennis Allen, Joseph and Jenny Daneff Jr., and Jean and George Hallman; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN

DWORAK-CUTLER

CONNOR-Brian Michael

CONNOR-Brian Michael, 32. Funeral Mass March 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Survived by parents, Denny and Paula Connor; siblings and spouse, Alicia J. and Scott George, Robert Francis Connor, Pauli Connor and fiancé, Andrew Gustafson, and Sheila Connor; niece; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins. Memorials to the church or Fontenelle Nature Association.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

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